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Wheel Ornamentation For Use With A Vehicle Wheel - Patent 8147003

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Wheel Ornamentation For Use With A Vehicle Wheel - Patent 8147003 Powered By Docstoc
					
				
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Description: The present invention generally relates to wheel ornamentation for a vehicle.BACKGROUND Decorative wheel coverings are sometimes used with vehicle wheels to enhance their aesthetic appearance and can act as an alternative to directly applying decorative finishes to the structural wheel surface, such as paint, chrome plating, etc.Decorative wheel coverings can allow wheel and vehicle manufacturers to change the overall appearance of a vehicle wheel without redesigning and revalidating the underlying wheel. Some types of wheels are fabricated using manufacturing processes thatinherently have more variation than others, and decorative wheel coverings sometimes have to accommodate such variations for a proper fit.SUMMARY According to one embodiment, there is provided a wheel ornamentation for use with a vehicle wheel, comprising: an outer component for covering a portion of the vehicle wheel; and a center component for covering a portion of the vehicle wheel andhaving an annular flange portion. The annular flange portion of the center component bends towards the outer component and at least partially conceals an adjustable overlapping junction between the center and outer components. The adjustableoverlapping junction can be modified during assembly in order for the wheel ornamentation to accommodate vehicle wheels having different offset dimensions. According to another embodiment, there is provided a wheel ornamentation for use with a vehicle wheel, comprising: a center component for covering a portion of the vehicle wheel and having an axial end, an outer component for covering a portionof the vehicle wheel and having an axial end, the axial ends of the center and outer components overlap each other; and an adhesive portion being disposed between the overlapping axial ends. The relative location of the center and outer components andthe size of the adhesive portion can be modified during assembly in order for the wheel ornamentation to accommodate vehicle wheels